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Free G4 Mac Laptop and Japanaese Software

I'll put up some pictures later but for now I just wanted to see if there was any interest in some stuff I'm trying to send to a good home.

First the computer. It's one of those little 12" G4 titanium models. I'll go get its exact specs later, but the old lappy does have some problems. The main issue is that its screen has lost quite a few rows of pixels, especially towards the bottom. This started quite a few years ago now and I half expected the whole screen to have gone by this point, but when I booted it up the other day it was still quite usable. It's just not that fun to look at for a long time. It's back from when Apple included all the adapters you might need so it has a VGA adapter that you can hook a separate screen up to and use it that way.

The next most major issue is that the latch is broken. That happened a long long time ago and you can still put it to sleep by closing it, it just won't latch into place. Aside from that it's pretty obvious stuff like the battery being long dead, scratches, feet that have gone missing etc.

Now a list of Japanese titles. These all come in their boxes with their manuals and everything. The main reason I want to get rid of them is that they're rather bulky with all that stuff, but it seems a shame to just throw it away and keep the discs myself. So I'm looking for someone who'd be interested in keeping them together.

•Office for Mac 2001
•SimCity 2000
•SimIsle
•SimCity CD
•Murder in the 1st Degree (殺意の証明) [also comes with a "making" CD in a separate box]
•ポストdeカード (post card making software)
•太平洋戦史 -蒼いソロモンの墓標 (WWII naval game)
•大戦略VDX (some hexagon based modern strategy war game)

Pretty sure those last three are Japan exclusives. Again, pictures to follow.

Primarily I'm looking for people actually interested in these things. However, since this is all shipping out of Japan I'd rather like the receiver/s to cover the shipping.
For now, just let me know if there are any interested parties out there.

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If it's 12" then it is an Aluminum not a Titanium.
The Titaniums were only made with 15" displays.

The LCDs are actually very easy to change out on these.
You can do it by just popping the back off of the display.
All you need is a T6 Torx to get the screws at the bottom corners off.

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Hi, Defender. Greetings from a fellow expat in Japan.

I'm up to my virtual neck in PCs right now, but I'm interested in adopting your software. Are those OS X versions?

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papa:
No, they all list themselves as requiring OS 7 or up except for Office 2001 which wants 8.

sfp1954:
I guess you're right it must be an Aluminum. The screens certainly do appear to be cheap:
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/121-Display-LCD-Screen---Powerbook--iBook-...

It's 867MHz G4 with 1.1 GB of RAM (there's a 128 MB chip built in plus a 1GB chip I put in the expansion slot). Has a GeForce 4 MX 32MB graphics card, a 40GB harddrive, Bluetooth, Airport Extreme, and a 56k modem.
Ports are all on the left side of the machine, and from left to right are power, modem, ethernet, Firewire, two USB, mini VGA (comes with cables), audio in, audio out (two separate audio ports), and one of those holes for locking it up (I think I might still have a lock for it somewhere I could include).

Here's some pictures.
Games front: http://i58.tinypic.com/2m3p98m.jpg
Games back: http://i59.tinypic.com/2ez1aa0.jpg
Mac: http://i60.tinypic.com/2zof7d0.jpg
Mac screen closeup: http://i60.tinypic.com/4h83ms.jpg

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No, they all list themselves as requiring OS 7 or up except for Office 2001 which wants 8.

Actually, that's what I was hoping you'd say. I can run OS X on my Mac Cube, but prefer setting it to boot with OS 9.

Office is the least interesting of your titles to me (I'm mainly interested in collecting games for classic Mac), but does "wants 8" mean it won't run on OS 9?

Are you willing to part with the software separately, or do you want to wait and see if someone's interested in taking it all with the laptop as a set?

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@papa: "wants 8" would mean its the minimum OS it can run on. I own this version of Office, its min requirements are Mac OS 8.1, it runs fine on OS 9.2.2

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Yeah, I just meant that 8 is what's listed on the box.

Basically I'm hoping to send out two boxes. One with all the software and the other with all the hardware. The computer is from the States (bought it in high school) so it's not really a set with the software or anything.

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Well then, papa, as you seem to be the only interested party send me your address and I'll see about sending a package your way.

Seems no one's interested in my old lappy though....

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Seems no one's interested in my old lappy though....

If it had been the Ti & capable of booting into a native OS 9, I would have been interested. But it was pointed out that its the Aluminum book and I think that it runs OS 9 in classic mode only.

[Edit] Leave a note in papa's guestbook page. If he has "send email notification" checked (I think he has), then he'll get your message sooner. I initially pointed out this topic to him via his guestbook and he responded to it here, shortly afterwards.

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Defender, I just replied to the e-mail you sent via my contact form.

Sorry I haven't been checking the forums very frequently. Currently in London on business.

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Does it run OS 9?

EDIT: That "SimCity CD" looks intriguing. I believe it's the Mac port of "SimCity Enhanced" by Interplay, which adds video in with SimCity, but because of the blacklist on EA software it's not allowed. But technically, it was licensed out to Interplay and not EA... Wink

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Mike: Yeah it doesn't boot into 9; runs classic.

TempJoe: Yup it's the one with videos. The cover has "Imagineer Mac Selection 19" written on it, so I guess it was part of some series by them. The box displays Maxis, Interplay, and Imagineer logos, and is the Japanese version to boot, so I don't really see where EA has any say in this one.

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Mike: Yeah it doesn't boot into 9; runs classic.

Thanks for confirming this. I own a late model iBook G4 and there would be little advantage for me in obtaining yours.

I'm waiting for a 15" Titanium book to show up on eBay (Australia), but so far this model seems somewhat elusive. I believe the 15" Ti series were the final PowerBooks to boot native into 9.

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I have received Defender's box of Mac software.

My goal is to extract disc image files from the CD-ROMs, ZIP-compress them, see if they work on my Mac Cube, then upload to MG.

Then I may scan and upload documentation as spare time permits. But that is likely to take a long time since it looks like a big, thankless chore unless a lot of interest is expressed in getting the documents on-line.

These are all Japanese applications and games, and all the documentation is in Japanese, but I am not planning on making any translations except on a limited basis if someone asks very nicely. For software that was published with an English edition, English documents are probably available somewhere.

I will update this thread as I add applications and games to MG.

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Hi papa; Scanning manuals is largely a thankless task Tired & should only to be approached with masochistic tendencies, I feel. That you got this software OTOH and can periodically upload it here for archival is excellent and very much appreciated. Thank you.

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Here's a list of the game and app MG pages that I will update as I work.

(UPDATE 2014/10/29: Added In the 1st Degree.)

Defender's picture
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Looks excellent. Smile Thanks for going through the trouble.

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Thanks a lot. Always appreciate more Japanese Mac software.

papa's picture
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I've ripped and uploaded another disc image here. Taiheiyou Senshi turns out not to be a game, but a multi-media history presentation.

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The game Defender listed as "Murder in the 1st Degree (殺意の証明)" is the Japanese version of this game (the actual name of the game is just In the 1st Degree). I will add CD-ROM images for the Japanese version to the existing page.

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may be a little late but did you still have that old laptop?

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I managed to trash the list of links to game/app pages as I was updating it. Here it is again. I will update it as I process the software I received from Defender.